Constantine G.


Family and friends are mourning the passing of Constantine George (Denos) Demopoulos on August 17, 2019.
Denos was born on September 22, 1932 in Leriza-Nemea, Corinth Greece. As a child, he and his family endured and survived World War II in Greece. He graduated from Marazillus Academy with teaching degrees in Math, Chemistry and Physics and taught school in Northern Greece. He served as a Lieutenant in the Greek Army and traveled across Europe with NATO seeking justice after World War II as an intelligence agent.
He emigrated to the United States in the late 50's to pursue his passion for psychology and his life's work of helping others. When he arrived in the United States, he learned to speak English at the English Language Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan so that he could later attend Concord College. He would joke that he emigrated from Athens (Greece) to Athens (West Virginia). After Concord, he attended Bluefield College, Marshall University and University of Southern Mississippi.
Denos was employed at Bluefield Mental Health as a Clinical Psychologist for 45 years, and he especially loved helping coal miners and veterans. Denos also enjoyed his work at Southern Highlands and Mercer County Health Department. He was a member of the first licensing board of psychologists in West Virginia and continued this love through successive appointments by several governors over many years.
Denos was a proud American, who never missed voting in an election. He was awarded the Americanism Medal by the John Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the most prestigious honors conveyed by the DAR in recognition of extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism.
He deeply loved the Bluefield Rotary and his Rotary buddies and was a member for over five decades. During that time, he was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1993, and voted Rotarian of the Year in 2014. He also was a member of the Century Club.
Denos was an accomplished gardener and loved cooking for family and friends. His annual "Road Kill" barbeques were eagerly anticipated each year. An avid NCAA basketball fan, Denos' passionate (and unapologetic) devotion to the Duke Blue Devils was widely known.
A kind, compassionate, and gentle soul with a ready smile, Denos was a mentor to many, a second father to others, and a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend.
Denos was preceded in death by his parents, George and Vasiliki Demopoulos, and his daughter Diana Sue as well as his sister, Giannoula Ligka and brother-in-law, Panagiotis Kanolis.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn, his daughter Mary Campbell (Andrew) of Brentwood, Tennessee, his daughter Margaret Welliver (Tom) of Westminster, Maryland, and four grandchildren Caroline Campbell, James Campbell, Daniel Welliver, and Diana Welliver. He is survived by two sisters, Assimina Kanolis and Ageliki ( Panagiotis) Spiliotis of Kiato, Greece as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins in Greece and Australia.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2 pm at the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with Craig Hammond officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 - 2 pm. There will be a private burial following the service. Family and friends will serve the Demopoulos family as pall bearers.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Rotary Foundation at or The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693 or to the Bluefield Union Mission, 2203 Bluefield Ave, Bluefield, WV 24701.
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Laura Abbey
Aug 29, 2019
Dear Mary, Margaret and Mrs. Demopoulos ~ I was speaking to my mother and heard the news of Mr. Demopoulos' passing - I am so sorry to hear the news. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. My sincerest condolences for an incredibly great loss. I'll never forget Mr. Demopoulos encouraging me to try Greek olives.
I hope the love and support from your loved ones bring you peace during this difficult time. My heartfelt sympathies to you - Laura
Nancy Lowe Hopkins
Aug 23, 2019
Dear Mary, Margaret and Mrs. Demopoulos ~ I had a break at work and was looking at the Bluefield newspaper. I was stunned and saddened to read about Mr. Demopoulos' passing. Your father was one of the kindest and compassionate men I have ever met! I wish I had seen this sooner so that I could have attended his funeral. I am sorry I was not able to see you all and express my condolences in person as well as to be present to honor your father's life. I am thinking of you all and praying for peace in your heart. Your father's compassion, wisdom, and fun lives on in Mary and Margaret! Hugs to you all! Love you all! And Mr. D....thank you for making me try squid for the first time!! :)
Polly (Rantis) and Dan Rantis
Aug 22, 2019
Mr. Demopolis was one of my favorite people to visit in Bluefield. My family used to come when I was a child to see my Yiayia. This would almost always include a visit to Denos's house. He and Carolyn made us feel so welcome. His huge smile and laugh were infectious. I loved to listen to his stories and see how he made my father laugh. I still remember he and Carolyn attending my wedding in 1999 and boy could he do a Greek dance! Deno was a dear friend to my father and our family living in Bluefield for many years at the same time. I know both of my parents cherished his friendship. My sympathies to the family. What a blessing he was to this earthly world. His memory will be! With our love and prayers, Polly and Dan RantisRead more
Lisa Corbin
Aug 22, 2019
Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Constantine G. "Denos" Demopoulos by Lisa Corbin.  Send flowers
Tammy Steele Murray
Aug 21, 2019
I worked with Denos at Bluefield Mental Health for 16 years. He was a kind, giving individual. I miss the days of working with Denos, Reed, Lucy, Dorothy, Jane and Bob. Carolyn and family you are in my prayers.
Jimelle Rumberg, Ph.D.
Aug 21, 2019
A special person with a zest for life, Denos was a kind and caring individual and consummate professional psychologist. Rest In Peace my friend.
Lula Karras
Aug 20, 2019
Emerald Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Constantine G. "Denos" Demopoulos by Lula Karras.  Send flowers
Woody and Dan McGinnis
Aug 20, 2019
So glad we were able to spend a little time with you (Carolyn) and Denos this spring. Good friends never pass away they remain alive in our hearts forever.
Linda Goodwin Kidd
Aug 20, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of Denos" passing. He was such a good man and was so good to my mother. He will be missed. My prayers for Caroline and the family.
Alina Hamm
Aug 20, 2019
Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Denos. We will miss his warm smile, his firm handshake after Church service and his Roadkill barbecue at our Food Festival :-)
My God rest his soul in peace! Alina, Roger, Michael, Roger III and Alexandra (from Romania)
Sue Goodwin Bryant
Aug 19, 2019
Condolences to the family. My mom Lucille Goodwin worked with Denos for years and considered him a good friend! He will be missed
Janet Goodwin Duff
Aug 19, 2019
My prayers are with this dear man's family. My mother, Lucy, worked with him at Bluefield Mental Health Center for years and greatly admired him as did I. God bless.
John and Sheri Spoloric
Aug 19, 2019
Saddened by the loss of our great family friend. Always met you with a smile, a handshake or hug. A true loss for all that knew him. Thoughts and prayers for the family..
Angie Duros
Aug 19, 2019
Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Constantine G. "Denos" Demopoulos by Angie Duros.  Send flowers
Pat Hudson
Aug 19, 2019
I'll never forget when he and I won first and second prizes at the Senior
Expo. in Bluefield. He won first.
George and Wanda Simons
Aug 19, 2019
So sad to hear of dear friend, Denos', passing. Our deepest sympathy to Carolyn and his beautiful family and many friends. He was such a gentle man and like a breath of fresh air with his big smile each time we saw him at the Greater Bluefield Community Center. He will definitely be missed. May his soul and the souls of all our faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.
tamar carter chafin
Aug 19, 2019
Carolyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Denos was a great man and i loved him as the special person he was.
Don and Nancy Surface
Aug 18, 2019
I was privileged to work with Denos for 10 years from 1966 - 1976 at Bluefield Mental Health. He was a friend as well as my boss. Loved him and his family and admired him for what he accomplished in his life. We pray for Carolyn and their daughters. He was such a giving person. I remember him buying clothes for his family in Greece every Spring and Fall. He shipped a trunk full of things for them. Rest in piece Denos. Well done thy good and faithful servant. ❤️🙏😪